Foster Farms recalls 15,040lbs of turkey burger product

21 May 2012

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Foster Farms, a poultry company in the US, has recalled about 15,040lbs of Mediterranean Turkey Burgers due to the presence of an undeclared allergen.

The company said that the affected product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, an allergen, not declared on the label.

The turkey burger product being recalled include 10-lb cases containing 30 5.33-oz 'Foster Farms, Ready to Cook, Boneless Mediterranean Style White Turkey Burgers'.

The recall applies to the product with case code '96384' and the following Julian dates: '1362', '2027', '2033', '2039', '2040', 2046', '2054', '2125', '2129', '2130' and '2131'.

The product features the establishment number 'P-157' inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Produced between 28 December 2011 and 10 May 2012, the recalled burgers were sold for food service use in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.

According to the company, the recall applies only to turkey burgers produced for food service customers, while its turkey burgers sold in grocery and club stores are not affected.

The problem was discovered during a routine label review by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Foster Farms believes that the problem occurred as a result of receiving a spice mix from its supplier after an ingredient reformulation request by it to have the hydrolyzed soy ingredient removed.

The reformulation included soy, which was undeclared on the turkey burger label.

However, the company and the agency have not received any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.

This recall has been classified as Class II, which signifies a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

California-based Foster Farms has been privately owned and operated by the Foster family since 1939.

The company is specialised in the production of various chicken and turkey products.

Image: The recalled product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, not declared on the label. Photo: USDA.



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